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Z-Steer turning technique

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, Sep 4, 2005.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I have used this with great success.

    At the end of the row this is how I execute a 180. It seems to do little to the turf.

    -Come to almost a complete stop
    -Begin pulling back the control handle that's on the side that you want to turn.
    -Just after the second step, push forward the control lever
    -When the turn is executed, simply drive off.
  2. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    That is definitely one way to prevent tearing turf, but is time consuming. I find it better to back off a little, but not fully on the inside wheel while adding a good bit of speed to the outside wheel. If you let the inside wheel come to a complete stop, it will tear the turf under most conditions.

    If you are mowing your own place and can tolerate the extra time then your method is a safe one.

    I am anxious to hear the other replies to your question.

    My $0.02,
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I usually use a 3-point turn because the wet St.Augustine will tear very easily when doing the above mentioned turn. I will even go as far as to make K turns in extreme conditions. The regular turn that you use is fine for homeowners but is not acceptable for commercial purposes.

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